Name of varietal: Furmint

Common synonyms: Most common are Sipon, Mosler, Moslavac Bijeli and Zapfner with dozens more derivations of those spellings.

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Hungary or Italy

History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ordered the planting of Furmint after most of the country’s vineyards were devastated by the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. Whether the grape originated there before or was brought over from northern Italy during this mass replanting is unclear. The name of the grape derives from the word “froment,” part of the Latin “fromentum,” meaning “wheat,” (referring to its golden-tan color). What we know for sure is this is the primary blending grape of the spectacular Hungarian dessert wine, Tokaji (along with a small percentage of Harslevelue and sometimes Muscat). Its thin skins make it highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea Read more »

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  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... starts with good acid, like furmint, chenin blanc, and the like.  I like grenache, although I usually like higher acids, albeit in my whites a bit more than my reds; grenache just isn't one of those high acid grapes, so I don't know if I would ever jump on it as a dessert... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Dessert wines are often saved for the winter holidays when we tend to linger at ... from three grape varieties: Furmint, Hárslevel and Muscat de Lunel. The winemaking process itself has changed little over the centuries. The grapes shriveled by botrytis (aszú) are hand harvested individually and crushed into a thick, syrupy paste. This paste is... Read More

    From the article The Sweet Taste of Summer

  • Evolucio Tokaj Furmint 2012


    Lovely little white wine had with lunch at Marcello's. Dry, crisp, and bright. Just under-ripe peach and apricot, with bits of green apple, citrus, and herbs. At this price point...crazy Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I did not have any of the wines for the VT, but I enjoyed listening to the ... ... sipping also--a Hungarian Furmint that I have to say was pretty pedestrian, but for the price I did not have any big expectations.I've always been under the impression that I was the outlier on Viognier.  I just don't care for it as a varietal bottling--too flow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Chateau Megyer Furmint Tokaji 2013


    Very neutral on the nose. I detect practically nothing. Light on the tonguesome stone fruit flavors but almost undetectable. Some fruit returns at the back of the palate. In between there is almost a saline taste. Very light bodied. If it had a bit more acid, I would, at least, call it refreshing. Not an expensive wine. So, there is no... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Mark, the Furrmint sounds nice but different than the Tokaji Furmint Sec that I had a while ago. The Hungarian wine was more on the honey/apricot side of things. I think it would be fun to do these two side by side. When we visited Limerick Lane last month all they had open were four reds, would have been nice to try that white. Any other intere... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Limerick Lane arrived, today. Previously, I have had one Furmint, ever, and I've never had a Harslevelu.  So, I really could not say if this one definitively represents either the grapes.  I will say that this is a very good, easy-to-drink, refreshing wine.  Very light--both in body and in flavor.  Subtle fruit flavor of green apple with nice ac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Furmint/Harslevelu 2014


    Fairly pale yellow color. Fresh apple aroma. Quite light on initial taste. ... ... experience with either Furmint- or Harselevu-based wines to judge whether this one distinctively represents the grape Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Is there anywhere in the United States that sells furmint vines? pavel314@comcast.net

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